Like many of you, I read all the info on the benefits of running the large rear sway bars on Stock vehicles. Many touted the beneficial values of reducing wear on front tires, increasing rear rotation, and when all was said and done, faster times.
To those of you who are running a larger rear bar, what actual effects are you experiencing, before compared to after?
I'm running the Corksport three position 32mm rear bar. I've had it in all three positions at different events, and I keep records comparing my raw times vs consistent other local drivers (my "Benchmarks"
to try to gauge progress. Given the nature of different course designs, and in my case, two different venues (one smaller & tighter, one more open and longer/faster), it is not always possible to have a direct correlation, but across time averages can be drawn.
In my case, I'm not seeing a huge gain from using this rear bar; and I'm not sure it's any faster than the stock rear bar (I have an '08 S Hatchback in H Stock Street Tire).
What are some other experiences out there?
One thing I've noticed is that with the stock rear bar, I get about 1" of inside rear wheel lift in a hard corner. With the large rear bar I'm getting about 3" to 4" of inside rear wheel lift. I'm wondering that since stock I get the rear lift, if the large bar just creates an excess, thus no additional handling gain. Like a point of diminishing return, as it were.
Please discuss and share what you've experienced.